[OPE-L:2857] RE: Re: Partial Reply toFreds on Althusser

From: Michael Williams (mike.williams@dmu.ac.uk)
Date: Sat Apr 15 2000 - 17:43:36 EDT

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-ope-l@galaxy.csuchico.edu
> [mailto:owner-ope-l@galaxy.csuchico.edu]On Behalf Of Rakesh Bhandari
> (bhandari@Princeton.EDU)
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> Subject: [OPE-L:2854] Re: Partial Reply toFreds on Althusser

 Rakesh writes
> As for money as commodity/non commodity, it has been pointed out
> before that the money fetish is as if the concept of Fruit is not
> derived from the existence of apples, oranges but that oranges, apples,
> etc. are mere mundane manifestations, predicates of Fruit. How can
> one particular fruit, say oranges, become Fruit itself of which all
> other fruits but instantiations.

Oranges are a species of the genus fruit. It is the abstract object Fruit of
which apples, etc. are manifestations (no 'but', or in the more usual
tendentious term 'mere' about it).
Of what genus is a Money a species?
> Money however is a real hypostatization. As absurd is that is.

No more (or less) absurd than an actual manifestation of an abstract object
(Value). In both cases the absurdity is that of the capitalist system, not
of some erroneous hegeloid deviation.

(btw, I do not agree with Jerry that OPE-lers can not be legitimately
expected to turn to their dictionaries, glossaries, encyclopaedias and other
forms of potted knowledge now and again ... .)

Dr Michael Williams
Economics and Social Sciences
De Montfort University
Milton Keynes

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